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Insulin resistance

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I was doing a research of alpha lipoic acid and ran into this site where it says that there is a connection between insulin resistance and high blood pressure. I myself have always been quite healthy but I have suffered from high blood pressure as long as I can remember. I'm normal weight. When I was younger I used to do lots of sports but I still had high blood pressure and I have never figured what causes it. The site also says that there is a connection between IR and cholesterol. My last health examination was about a year ago and the other thing that I got reminded is that I have too low HDL cholesterol. That's exactly what this site says. Low HDL and high blood fats is caused by high levels of free fatty acids from insulin resistance.

http://www.advice-hgh.com/ala/02c54824.html

Anyone else has same experiences?

Just recently I have changed my diet and the results for my skin have been very promising. I cut a lot of stuff from my diet. It's really too early to tell but at the moment I would say that I'm 99% clear. I do not have any active acne just a few red marks that are fading rapidly. Before the change in my diet I used to have active acne all the time. I never thought that the reason for my high blood pressure (and acne) could be my diet coz I ate the same stuff as others. I'm very curious to know what affect this change will have on my blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Now, the reason why I was studying ALA was coz it is supposed to be very good for helping with insulin sensitivity and balancing your blood sugar levels. The interesting thing is that the site states that basically you shouldn't use ALA but the R-ALA form of it. The normal ALA is actually only 50% ALA and the rest is just unuseful synthetic stuff whereas R-ALA is the 100% organic form. Here's a straight quote from the site why only R-ALA should be used: "In short, when you take a racemic mixture of R(+)- and S(-)-enantiomers found in conventional "lipoic acid" supplements, R(+)-Lipoic Acid improves insulin resistance, while the S(-)-form actually makes it worse. The results that are seen in clinical trials using the racemate, then, are the net effects of combining the powerful benefits of R(+)-lipoic acid, with the sometimes weaker, and sometimes even harmful, effects of the S(-)- form."

Has anyone used insulin sensitizing or blood sugar balancing products like chromium, ALA, NAC or glucomannan? If you have please share your results.

I just recently used NAC for one week but I stopped it because I got skin rashes from it. When I stopped my skin rashes went away. I believe it was a detox reaction.

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SweetJade, thanks for the links and info on R-ALA.

Do you have a clue why ALA hasn't the ability to polymerize but R-ALA does? Does the S-ALA part somehow prevent this?

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SweetJade, thanks for the links and info on R-ALA.

Do you have a clue why ALA hasn't the ability to polymerize but R-ALA does? Does the S-ALA part somehow prevent this?

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